Career Profiles: Consumer Affairs

CSULB Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Consumer Affairs is one of the leading undergraduate programs in the field. It offers an interdisciplinary study of the financial, legislative, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors involved in consumerism. Areas covered in Consumer Affairs are Consumer Advocacy and Protection, Financial Management, and Housing. The program focuses on how businesses, government agencies, and community organizations interact with families and consumers. In addition, the course work in Consumer Affairs is complemented by minors in several areas including Business Management, Economics, and Marketing. Through this diverse yet integrated course of study, students will gain specific skills and knowledge, learn by doing in applied field experiences, and have opportunities for independent study in areas of individual interest.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Community Consumer Educator
  • Consumer Advocates on TV/Radio Stations
  • Consumer Affairs Teacher
  • Credit Counselor
  • Federal Trade Consumer Specialist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Counselor
  • Food and Drug Consumer Specialist
  • Homeless Coordinator
  • Litigation Consumer Specialist
  • Product Safety and Health Care Consultants
  • Property Manager

Where Employed:

  • Credit counseling services
  • Education
  • Federal housing
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage manufacturers and distributors
  • Health care facilities
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Private and municipal law offices
  • State and county consumer advocacy departments
  • TV and radio stations
  • Toy manufacturers

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